Durrington High School

The Addams Family – a freakishly fantastic DHS musical

Durrington High School have produced yet another magnificent musical, getting rave reviews from all who saw it. The Addams Family musical is not as well-known as past productions such as Bugsy Malone, Les Misérables and Oliver, but it was a resounding success thanks to the hard work of staff and students. Rehearsals began in September and the cast have worked tirelessly since then to ensure the performance was perfect.

The story focuses on Wednesday Adams (Ruby Childe) falling in love with ‘normal’ boy Lucas Beineke (Alfie O’Kane). Both children want their parents to give them just one ‘ordinary night’ when the families meet for the first time at The Addams’ home. What follows is a hilarious series of events in which Gomez Adams (Thomas Mitchell) struggles to please both his daughter and wife Morticia (Ava Hodgson), and Mr and Mrs Beineke (Ellie Lossing-Smith and Harvey Smith) have an awakening to return to a more care free life.

The performances from the main cast were superb. Their talents really shone as they took on solos with fast paced, witty lyrics, conveying humour and meaning whilst being pitch perfect. Alfred Newman did a fantastic job portraying a man in love with the moon(!) as Uncle Fester and Jamie Bunce was an imposing and hilarious Lurch. Joshua Tomley made a fantastic Grandma amusing the audience with physical comedy and exaggerated expressions. The energy from Ruby Childe was wonderful as she convinced as a stroppy teenager in love and Morgan Pharaoh did a great job of playing her devious younger brother Pugsley. Tom Mitchel was hilarious as Gomez Addams with his understated delivery and perfectly timed one-liners. Ava Hodson’s Morticia commanded attention whenever she was on stage and Ellie Losing-Smith, Harvey Smith and Alfie O’Kane gave excellent performances as the nervous and confused Beineke family. The cast were supported by over 60 ancestors who were on stage throughout the performance, remaining in character the whole time. Dressed in all white costumes and portraying the dead from across many different eras they looked amazing, there were even some famous faces such as Elvis Presley in amongst them.

The band did an outstanding job, especially given that the musical has minimal dialogue and they played almost continually throughout the 2-hour performance. Led by Anne Whiteside the band comprised both students and staff and they played each of the 24 numbers expertly.

The professional lighting and sound team were supported by year 11 student Tom Payne. Tom has played a key part in the lighting and sound direction of all DHS productions during his time with us and will be much missed next year as he moves on to college.  The backstage crew, Neve Crutchlow and Josh Shanley were brilliant; moving the scenery and making sure all the props were in the right place at the right time.

Audience members were delighted with the show commenting on the school Facebook page with praise such as ‘Really enjoyed the show! Well done to everyone involved, amazing talent and very entertaining.’, Congratulations to everyone involved, you should feel very proud of the high standard of show you’ve produced.’, ‘Another fantastic evening spent watching the outstanding talented students of our school. Loved every minute of it’ and ‘Fantastic! Enjoyed it so much! Amazing talent.’

Emily Isham, Director of Performing Arts and the show, said, ‘The DHS musical is an absolute pleasure to direct. Year on year our students surpass my expectations with their talents and commitment. It is such a team effort and everyone involved makes me proud to be part of such a wonderful event.’

Huge thanks to Emily and the performing arts team, April Cross, David Hall, Cyrus Dean and Beth Maughan, for giving the students such a fabulous opportunity to perform. Thanks also to Zofia Reeves, Laura Pritchard, Georgia Garrod, Jo Owen, Lizzie Wolstenholme and Lindsay Tunbridge-Adams for supporting the production.

Now, for next year……

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